More Recent VERSUS Playoff Audiences

Wednesday, April 21

7:00 Buffalo vs. Boston, Game 4: 642,000
Vancouver vs. Los Angeles, Game 4: 430,000

Thursday, April 22
Ottawa vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5: 739,000

VERSUS Draws Best First Round Audience Ever vs. NFL Draft

According to, the NHL On VERSUS scored 739,000 viewers for Game 5 of the Senators-Penguins series, a triple-OT thriler, last night.  That breaks the record set by Game 2 of the Canadiens-Capitals series from Saturday, which drew 731,000 viewers.  This was all up against the NFL Draft and NBA Playoffs, which dominated cable.


Your Announcers and Open Thread For Night 10 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Montreal vs. Washington, Game 5 (WSH Leads 3-1), 7:00 PM ET

National TV (US): VERSUS (HD)
Play by Play: Sam Rosen
Color: Joe Micheletti
Reporter: Bob Harwood

National TV (Canada): TSN (HD)
Play by Play: Gord Miller
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

Regional TV (Washington): CSN Mid-Atlantic
Play by Play: Joe Beninati
Color: Craig Laughlin
Reporter: Al Koken

Boston vs. Buffalo, Game 5 (BOS Leads 3-1), 7:00 PM ET

National TV (Canada): CBC (HD)
Play by Play: Dean Brown
Color: Greg Millen
Reporter: Cassie Campbell

Regional TV (Boston): NESN (HD)
Play by Play: Jack Edwards
Color: Andy Brickley
Reporter: Naoko Funayama

Regional TV (Buffalo): MSG (HD)
Play by Play: Rick Jeanneret
Color: Harry Neale
Inside the Glass: Rob Ray

Los Angeles vs. Vancouver, Game 5 (Series Tied 2-2), 10:00 PM ET

National TV (Canada): CBC (HD)
Play by Play: Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Reporter: Scott Oake

Regional TV (Los Angeles): FS West (HD)
Play by Play: Bob Miller
Color: Jim Fox
Reporter: Heidi Androl

Detroit vs. Phoenix, Game 5 (Series Tied 2-2), 10:00 PM ET

National TV (US): VERSUS (HD)
Play by Play: Rick Peckham
Color: Daryl Reaugh
Reporter: Lindsay Soto

National TV (Canada): TSN (HD)

Regional TV (Detroit): FS Detroit (HD)
Play by Play: Ken Daniels
Color: Mickey Redmond
Reporter: Trevor Thompson

Regional TV (Phoenix): FS Arizona (HD)
Play by Play: Dave Strader
Color: Tyson Nash
Reporter: Todd Walsh

NBC Promotes Weekend Hockey Coverage

NEW YORK – April 22, 2010 – The Detroit Red Wings-Phoenix Coyotes Western Conference Quarter-Final series can be decided this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC Sports when the two teams face off in Game 6. NBC Sports’ second weekend of NHL playoff coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET this Saturday when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of their series.

Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), who is nominated for a 2010 Sports Emmy Award, Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) call the action for both games. McGuire will pull double duty, hosting NBC’s studio show alongside analyst Mike Milbury.

The Coyotes host the Red Wings in Game 5 of their 2-2 series Friday night. The winner will have a chance to clinch the series on NBC Sports on Sunday.

MCGUIRE: “This is an old fashioned hockey series. It’s been a lot more physical than people thought. Both teams are extremely well coached. Detroit’s stars have not shied away from the physicality. Phoenix is playing like a really cohesive, tight unit. They play for one another and listen to their coach. They are showing surprising playoff composure.”

EMRICK: “This is America’s team against the Cinderella team of the year. It will be an incredible return if Phoenix’s Shane Doan can come back from his injury. He’s the team’s inspirational leader, but the rest of the Coyotes showed what they could do without him. And we’ll have to see if that professionalism the Red Wings are know for and that we all admire pays off.”

The Predators currently lead their series, 2-1, over the Blackhawks. The teams play Game 4 tonight in Nashville. If the Predators win and take a 3-1 lead, they will be able to clinch the series with a victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday.

MCGUIRE: “The speed of Nashville has surprised Chicago. The goaltending of Pekka Rinne has been a major story, and that’s combined with Nashville’s defensemen taking a lot of the offensive thrust out of Chicago’s game. The Blackhawks need more energy and thump and passion. They’re not playing on the edge like they were earlier in the year.”

EMRICK: “We certainly know that Finland is going to be well taken care of in goal in the next Olympics with these two great goaltenders. Similar to Phoenix last week, it will be good for the country to see Nashville. They’ve earned it. It’s unfair to say that this is David vs. Goliath. But the Predators are definitely on a mission.”

FIRST WEEKEND RECAP: Viewership for NBC Sports’ first weekend of NHL playoff coverage was up five percent compared to the comparable weekend in 2009. Boston-Buffalo and Detroit-Phoenix averaged 1.74 million viewers, up from 1.66 million for New York Rangers-Washington and Philadelphia-Pittsburgh in 2009.

“It’s hard to find any network right now that covers a sport better than NBC covers hockey.” – St. Petersburg Times (4-19-10) after NBC Sports’ first weekend of NHL playoff coverage.

NBCSPORTS.COM:’s “Star-cam” continues in the playoffs. “Star-cam” tracks a player(s) from both teams throughout each of their shifts. Following the game, will present bonus material, including “Star-cam” and “Net-cam” and bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators.

Viewership For the First Seven Nights of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on VERSUS

(This is a find, for sure.  Thanks to for the numbers.  Sports Media Watch has them ranked in Top 10 form, but I’ll do them night-by-night.  All times listed are ET)

Wednesday, April 14th
Ottawa vs. Pittsburgh, Game 1: 471,000
10:00 Detroit vs. Phoenix, Game 1: 515,000

Thursday, April 15th
7:00  Washington vs. Montreal, Game 1: 562,000
Vancouver vs. Los Angeles, Game 1: 444,000

Friday, April 16th
Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa, Game 2: 681,000
Chicago vs. Nashville, Game 1: 621,000
11:00 Detroit vs. Phoenix, Game 2: 532,000
12:48 San Jose vs. Colorado, Game 2: 450,000

Saturday, April 17th
Washington vs. Montreal, Game 2: 731,000
Los Angeles vs. Vancouver, Game 2: 409,000

Sunday, April 18th
Ottawa vs. Pittsburgh, Game 3: 662,000
9:13 Chicago vs. Nashville, Game 2: 524,000
11:14 Colorado vs. San Jose, Game 3: 370,000

Monday, April 19th
Boston vs. Buffalo, Game 3: 605,000

Tuesday, April 20th
Ottawa vs. Pittsburgh, Game 4: 507,000
9:56 Nashville vs. Chicago, Game 3: 445,000

(NOTE: Viewership was unavailable for LA-Vancouver Game 3 and Colorado-San Jose Game 4)